February 4, 2006

Approaching Splashdown
Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago

We're getting close! With the travel lift repaired, the Odessa is set to be put in at high tide tomorrow morning.

Captain Bill painting the Odessa

Work is progressing, although I'm not exactly sure what type of word I would use to describe the pace—casually focused, perhaps. Yesterday morning we caught word that one of the cable straps used to hoist the ships onto the travel lift was broken, delaying our departure (as well as everyone else) until it could be repaired. Apparently they sent someone to the far side of the island of Trinidad to retrieve a new one this morning.

Last night Andy and I made a quick run out to a really nice modern mall in between Chaguaramas and the Port of Spain. Wow, it's been a while since I've been inside of a mall… I felt like I've been camping in the woods for weeks, only to return to civilization—a strange sensation. I'm beginning to think there's also no middle class here (like in Thailand), you're either making ends meet on less than $10 US a day, or you're very well off.

I'm really getting anxious to get on the water and set sail for another island. I mentioned before that I haven't spent much time at sea (other than ferries and the such), so I'm dipping into the advice of other sailors here on motion sickness cures (if such a need should arise). An overwhelmingly popular one is said to be crewing on fresh ginger root.

Keep your fingers crossed for a speedy departure to Grenada!


Trinidad and Tobago

Craig | travelvice.com

February 6th, 2006

Update: The Odessa successfully launched, and is currently anchored in the bay. Sleeping on a floating boat is fun… almost like sleeping in a gently rocking hammock. If things work out, we're looking at a departure within the next 48 hours!

If you want to see something amazing, Leven Sinclair Brown just completed a solo trip across the Atlantic Ocean in a one-man rowboat! His craft just arrived in Trinidad (from Spain), and is on display at a nearby marina. http://columbusrun.com is his Web site.

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